Aw shoot, teammate has Crosby's number

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:33 PM ET

PITTSBURGH - It didn't take long for Sidney Crosby to come back to earth.

After his dazzling return Monday night in which he had four points against the New York Islanders, Crosby was shut out in the Pittsburgh Penguins' end-of-practice shootout competition Tuesday, turned back a half-dozen times by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

"Welcome back," the goaltender said in a mocking tone.

Fleury had a good night himself Monday, stoning the New York Islanders 5-0.

Left as the last guy without a goal in the shootout, it fell to Crosby to restock the reading materials for the players' lounge and on the club's chartered aircraft.

That was about the only bad news Tuesday for Crosby, who returned Monday night for his first game in almost 11 months as he recovered from a concussion.

Crosby was asked what pleased him most about the game.

"Just playing hockey again," the 24-year-old said.

"There's just something about a game day. It's different. The preparation, the anticipation for a game and all the stuff that comes with it. I don't think there's one thing. I would say all those things combined were really fun to be a part of again. To win and have it go that way was great."

Crosby said he also felt good after picking up his phone after the game and finding texts from players around the NHL.

"That was pretty amazing. After the game I really didn't expect a lot of guys throughout the league to text me. That really means a lot. I was kind of surprised by that. It was a ton of support and I certainly appreciate it."

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